Bricks and mortar

From Lloyd George’s ‘Homes Fit for Heroes’ campaign after WWI to Margaret Thatcher’s ‘right-to-buy’ revolution in the 1980s, repeated UK governments have attempted to transform the UK housing market through ambitious policy proposals. Theresa May’s government now looks to have followed in their footsteps if last week’s ambitious Budget announcement outlining plans to build 300,000Read more

Hammond’s Budget: a sticking plaster for an NHS on life support

The Budget was foreshadowed by persistent calls from the medical royal colleges, health charities and NHS organisations to commit the government to greater funds and find a long-term sustainable funding solution for the NHS and social care. Despite irritating the Treasury with these demands, these calls have not fallen completely on deaf ears. The ChancellorRead more

The Autumn Budget 2017 Rumour Mill – What’s in and what’s out?

To add to a politically tumultuous 2017, in less than three weeks we have the second Budget of the year. The six months since the spring Budget have witnessed enormous political upheaval. The Conservatives have lost their majority, the Brexit negotiations are stuck in deadlock and the Prime Minster has been fundamentally weakened. The post-mortemRead more

Osborne’s new settlement

Delivering the first Conservative budget since 1996, the Chancellor George Osborne yesterday made a statement of the new government’s ambition, purpose and political territory. Aiming to move the UK towards a ‘higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country’, Osborne stated that he was presenting ‘a new settlement’.   This is indeed the case, as OsborneRead more

Week in Westminster: Settling down to business

With Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech confirming the new government’s legislative programme, there has been a sense of a return to business in Westminster this week. Understandably, the contents of the first Conservative Queen’s Speech for nearly two decades has been the focus of attention over the past few days. Whilst there were few genuine surprises –Read more

Austerity economics? The rhetoric and reality of public spending after the election

Earlier this week Westminster Advisers were delighted to host a breakfast event with Chris Giles, the Financial Times’ Economics Editor, to consider the reality behind the political rhetoric on public spending and fiscal policy. With the election now just six weeks away, the two main parties’ campaigns are increasingly focusing on the central issue ofRead more